Originally Posted by jark
I keep it in the coolest part of my place. Not high gravity. When I pitched the yeast the wort was 74 deg. Now, with fermentation, the temp is higher but I don't know exactly what. Higher than 76, that's what my stick on thermometer on my fermenter goes up to. I'll check the actual temp this afternoon when I get back home.
So I should just plan to keep the hose on? I have a bucket not a carboy. I just ran the hose into the hole in the bucket lid where the airlock goes. Should I leave it like that or connect the hose onto my 3 piece airlock? The hose seemed like a pretty tight fit in the hole.
That's way too warm! Try to put it in a cooler with a water bath and add some ice. A water bath will help maintain the temperature in the 60s.
You normally want to pitch at about 65 (or less), and keep it no higher than about 68. That is one reason it's so explosive- a "hot" fermentation will really rock.
A very active fermentation produces heat, and the more heat it produces, the faster it goes. I've personally seen the fermentation temperature be 10 degrees warmer than ambien temperature.
Next time, cool the wort down better so when fermentation starts it doesn't exceed 70 degrees.
I've needed a blow off tube exactly one time in all of my years brewing. But I ferment cool, and the bucket has plenty of headspace. I use a regular airlock every time.